Current Housing Policies For Homeless Youth

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According to the 2014 Department of Housing and Urban Development statistics, 34% of the total homeless population of America are under 24 years old (HUD 2014). Although HUD recognizes that this is an alarming number, current housing laws offer little protection for homeless youth. Young people in America face homelessness due to financial issues, lack of family support or insufficient housing. Many of these homeless youth are on their own and are enrolled in college and since the recession of 2008 their numbers have been increasing steadily. Ronald Hallett, a Research Associate in the Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis at the University of Southern California addresses the issue in his research on the relationship between homelessness and access to higher education. According to Mr. Hallett, college students are marginalized under current housing and education laws that require them to submit burdensome documentation proving severe lack of resources or an existing support system in order to obtain assistance (Hallett 2012). As a result of these policies, many students never receive aid or shelter as they are unable to produce the necessary documents. In order to alleviate the growing number of homeless college students, the government must reform existing housing laws, increase funding for education and reduce student debt burdens.
Current HUD laws that narrowly define homelessness, effectively shuts out the homeless youth that are staying in…

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